The Case For Prepaid Smartphones: How To Cut The Contract And Save
Posted 13 April 2012 - 04:51 AM
Also, you can go for $3/24 hour plan. Just make sure you put your phone in airplane mode before you get charged another $3 for another 24 hours of use. This is useful for those who don't travel a lot. You get unlimited minutes and texting, but only 200 MB of 4G data, which doesn't make sense for a hearing impaired like me to have unlimited minutes, but I care about texting and data usage. I'll just make use of Wi-Fi where available.
So anyway, I'm going to be getting a Samsung Exhibit II 4G probably today. I ordered it for $169 from Amazon and will be making monthly payments.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:38 AM
At the end of the year when i pay for the next year, they roll over any mins i have left. NOw unlike 99% of you out there. i don't talk on a cell phone but maybe 5 mins a month. Over the years i've gain mins. each year, and now have 3014 mins to use when ever i want and it just keep going up. I have the cheapest cell phone bill in the world and my wife also has 2650 mins on her's. 200 a year for both. But i do pay for a basic land line. But then, i'm not so insecure that i have to be talking to or telling somebody something every 5 mins of everyday.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 05:51 AM
Posted 13 April 2012 - 07:31 AM
Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:58 AM
If you don't use data much, just use Wifi where or when available.
The prepaid packages are great for those that don't "need" to talk much hence "pay as you go".
A problem with the phones is whether or not it's compatible with the data networks with the phone carriers of a particular country.
You can use a phone on ATT's 3G network but it may Not be compatible with Tmobile's 3G network which uses a different dual frequency.
But you can still use that phone internationally in various countries so the phone will work. Many phones will work in many countries for telephony but data access may be limited.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 12:20 PM
Posted 13 April 2012 - 03:00 PM
One thing that would help a lot is letting people know about some of the best prepaid options out there were not mentioned. One person put in Simple mobile which lets you use any unlocked GSM phone. But the article only has companies that are MVNO's of the major carriers which Simple mobile is not and then there's Page Plus which let's you use most any Verizon phone (4g excluded for now) and also a private company with great prices and plans. No one let's you use an iPhone, but who cares
You also only mentioned T-mobiles $30 unlimited data plan with 100 minutes. They also have a 1500 min/txt plan with 30mb of data for people who mostly use their phone for talking also for $30.
I will agree if you have family plans that the major carriers can be ok but that's with 3 or more people on your plan. At the very least the major carriers will have to start shared data plans or they will start to lose even more customers.
You definitely need to do your homework to make sure you can at least get 3g data with the prepaids. Simple mobile uses T-mobile frequencies so you need to use a T-mobile phone or if you live in a place like I live and don't have 3g anyway you can use any GSM phone and WiFi.
One of the main reasons I hated the major carriers is that they made you get a data plan for an extra $30 and there was no 3g so what would I want that for? I have not had a contract for 6 years and have been using smartphones for all those years without data with every carrier there is except Verizon because there was no way around their data plan. I now use PagePlus with a Verizon Droid Incredible and get 3g data and use their $12 plan which comes with a small amount of data included and 250min and 250txt so now I know prepaid plans are much better than they used to be and pretty much hassle free. Cheers.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:05 PM
In US phones being carrier specific working,is part of the
In addition to prepaid, shorter ''one year'' contracts could also ease the pain to some extent
Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:10 PM
Well we have a AT&T plan and personally they see you coming long before you even come in the door.
We have 2 World phones one has only nation wide calling, nothing else the other has limited texting and Nation wide calling. This is $80.00 dollars a month then they tacked onto the bill 5 different types of tax's and many other charges, they can't explain even when you call the main AT&T offices, The bill every month went from $80.00 to $148.00 and we are stuck in a 2 year contract, getting out of the contract costs as much as paying for it for a year.
And we are suppose to have good solid signal coverage in our area. you have to stand next to a window in our house or go outside to even get a signal. And we have cell towers around us in every direction, you step outside and can visually see them. And yes all the problems have been addressed with the main store, No help.
We can get out of the contract if we pay about a years worth of the contract. T-Mobile is even worse in our area. And no these aren't 4g phones either.
The Contract came up again in December, we had it setup to not renew, they renewed it anyway, and when we found out by getting another bill, we found out we can't get out of it. If i wasn't on a fixed income i could fight this. But it's beyond our means at the moment.
Prepaid is were i want to go as most of these contract company's are just crooks, and they don't disclose all the facts, when you buy or set something up with them.
Most of their stores don't even know what some of the charges are that you will get either. The Mrs phone quit, and yes she is a Text Queen, though we have over 9,000 min's rolled over now. That's just useless to me. she now has my phone as it will cost a lot to have the other one replaced.
And yes we had a full warranty on the phone's. We paid extra for that. It's useless they see you coming and then Con you.
Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:28 PM
Once a year a buy another year's worth of service with the allocated minutes. I've never run out and have more than I know what to do with.
I'm not low-income; I'm value-oriented. I have better things to do with my time than talk about nothing with people all day.
Posted 14 April 2012 - 03:44 AM
Posted 14 April 2012 - 01:33 PM
Actually in the case of MetroPCS' LTE network, MetroPCS built its own LTE network. The speeds aren't as fast as Verizon's, but they are about equal to what you would get out of T-Mobile's 4G network.
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